National Geographic
Student Matinee

Reach for the Stars

Photograph by Randall Scott

  • May 18, 2018

  • 10 AM - 11:30 AM
  • $5.00

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Student Matinee

Dr. Jedidah Isler is a barrier-breaking and award-winning observational astrophysicist and, through her organizations The Science en Route to Change Foundation and VanguardSTEM, a passionate champion of access and empowerment in STEM education. Her research focuses on mysterious supermassive black holes called blazars, which "spin up" powerful jet streams of particles in the Earth's direction. Students will learn about some of the remarkable features of our universe as well as the critical importance of truly inclusive STEM engagement. 

THEMES: space, physics, STEM 


Photograph by Randall Scott

Jedidah Isler


Award-winning astrophysicist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer JEDIDAH ISLER, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized speaker and advocate for inclusive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Currently a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University, Jedidah explores the workings of blazars: supermassive, hyperactive black holes at the centers of distant galaxies that create powerful particle jets oriented towards the Earth. A Senior TED Fellow, she has worked with schools, museums, libraries, and nonprofit organizations to advance the cause of inclusive STEM education and is the creator and host of the monthly web series Vanguard: Conversations with Women of Color in STEM. Her work has been featured in various publications including Wired, Diversity in Action, the NAACP’s The Crisis magazine, Black Enterprise, and Ebony and her writing has appeared in the New York Times.

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